CCA’s analysis initiative goals to determine progress, challenges within the lives of individuals with celiac illness

Twenty years after the primary baseline survey of Canadians residing with celiac illness was carried out, the Canadian Celiac Affiliation (CCA) is mounting a significant analysis initiative to determine progress made and persevering with challenges surrounding life with the situation.

Has life gotten any simpler for the just about 400,000 Canadians residing with celiac illness? Twenty years in the past, it took on common 11.7 years to get identified. Are we closing the hole? Do sufferers have the data and instruments they should handle their situation? Are there new challenges which have emerged over the past 20 years – and if that’s the case, what can we be doing to attempt to assist? These are the questions we’re trying to reply, with the objective of guaranteeing that everybody who could have celiac illness is identified and empowered,”

Melissa Secord, Nationwide Govt Director, CCA

Celiac illness is a genetic autoimmune situation, affecting one % of the inhabitants, the place your physique sees gluten as an invader, inflicting your immune system to struggle again to destroy the gluten protein present in meals containing wheat, barley or rye. Over time, this immune response damages the liner of the small gut, stopping vitamins from being correctly absorbed into your physique. This could result in all kinds of issues and signs, and even severe long-term sickness reminiscent of neurological circumstances and most cancers.

“The State of Celiac Illness in Canada” survey is open to anybody with celiac illness or gluten dysfunction and could be accessed via the CCA web site at: The net survey is comprised of 75 questions, spanning a variety of facets of life with celiac illness, together with:

  • Challenges to well timed analysis
  • Availability of and entry to gluten-free meals – together with cost-related points
  • Obstacles to sustaining a gluten-free weight-reduction plan
  • Social/emotional impacts of residing with celiac illness
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic affected folks residing with celiac illness
  • Navigating the well being care system with celiac illness
  • Consuming in eating places on a gluten-free weight-reduction plan

Whereas consciousness of celiac illness and the supply of gluten-free meals choices have elevated over a technology, there stay many ongoing challenges – and a number of latest ones, particularly with respect to the price of important meals. We need to get a transparent, updated image of how and the place we are able to higher assist Canadians residing with celiac illness,”

Dr. Don Duerksen, Researcher, College of Manitoba and Chair of CCA’s Skilled Advisory Council

The CCA hopes to have 7,000 folks participate within the survey. The information, which shall be launched subsequent 12 months, will assist inform initiatives and help applications going ahead along side the medical group on limitations to analysis, accessing secure gluten-free meals with meals and ingredient producers, along with authorities and different stakeholders.



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